Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Canada to 74, Josh Simpson joins Young Boys

We're number 74!

It's the middle of the month, so cue the release of the latest FIFA rankings. The CP release follows the standard template, including the obligatory sandwich shot
Canada is tied with China in the rankings, sandwiched between Iraq and Georgia.
But if it makes you feel any better, in the latest Human Development Index rankings, Canada is 6th, sandwiched between New Zealand and Ireland. Iraq is 132nd. Georgia, interestingly, is 75th in both rankings.

The FIFA rankings won't affect Canada meaningfully for a few years now, so I have nothing further to say on the matter.

Josh Simpson to spend 3.5 years with Young Boys

The big news yesterday was that Josh Simpson had terminated his contract with Turkey's Manisaspor after claims of non-payment. That led immediately to irresponsible and premature speculation that he would sign with his hometown (well, almost) Vancouver Whitecaps, which would be a disappointing step back. This can be put to rest with confirmation by a Simpson relative on the Vs board that he has signed a 3.5 year deal with Young Boys Bern of the Swiss League.

The Swiss League is no great pool of talent (don't tell Eric Hassli) but Young Boys play in Europe nearly every year and are in a Europa League position currently.

The single day that Simpson spent unattached compares favourably to the travails of Milan Borjan, who has been unemployed for weeks, and counting, after ending his stay with Sivasspor, another Turkish club, under similar circumstances.

Speaking of unreliable speculation, a Dutch-language Turkish football website suggests that Turkey giants Galatasaray and Fenerbahce were in competition for his services. If this was true, one could argue that the Young Boys move suggests a lack of ambition. But it's likely more truthy than grounded in fact.

The linked article uses the "according to Turkish media sources" instead of the more common English catch-all "player A has been linked to ...".

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